Obama: 'My Military' Looking at Syria Options

President Barack Obama referred to the country's troops as "my military" in Friday remarks about how the United States may respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria that Obama asserted violated international norms. 

"Now, I have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken to help enforce that norm," Obama said. "But as I've already said, I have had my military and our team look at a wide range of options. We have consulted with allies. We've consulted with Congress. We have been in conversations with all the interested parties."

Obama also said he was not "considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground, that would involve a long-term campaign," but he acknowledged, "we are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria but others around the world understands that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban and norm."

The President made his remarks in the "Cabinet Room following a meeting with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, and Latvian President Andris Berzins."


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